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Holiday

It is imperative that we take preventive measures and promote holiday fire safety to ensure a safe and enjoyable holiday season.

The holiday season is one of the most cherished and anticipated times of the year, as it brings a sense of warmth, happiness, and togetherness to homes. Families gather together to create and cherish memories, exchange gifts, and indulge in delicious feasts. Amidst all the festivities and joy, we must not forget the critical importance of staying vigilant and preventing any potential hazards. As the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) notes, the holiday season is also a time when the risk of fire increases significantly due to decorations, cooking, and heating devices. According to their findings, fires during this time of the year are responsible for thousands of injuries and millions of dollars in property damage. Therefore, it is imperative that we take preventive measures and promote holiday fire safety to ensure a safe and enjoyable holiday season. On this page, we will explore some useful tips and strategies that can assist you in minimizing the risk of fire and ensuring a happy and memorable holiday experience for yourself and your loved ones. By following these simple yet effective measures, we can create a safe and secure environment where we can enjoy the festivities with our friends and family without worrying about any potential hazards that may occur.

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Safety Tips

    • Keep candles at least 12 inches away from anything that burns. Make sure they are in stable holders and place them where they cannot be knocked down easily.
    • Consider using battery-operated flameless candles, which can look, smell and feel like real candles.
    • Inspect holiday lights each year before you put them up. Throw away light strands with frayed or pinched wires.
    • Read manufacturer’s instructions for the number of light strands to connect.
    • Water your Christmas tree every day. A dry Christmas tree can burn very hot and very fast.
    • Make sure your tree is at least 3 feet away from heat sources like fireplaces, radiators, space heaters, candles, or heat vents. Also, make sure your tree does not block exits.
    • Get rid of your tree after Christmas or when it is dry.

Decorating homes and businesses is a long-standing tradition around the holiday season. Unfortunately, these same decorations may increase your community’s chances of a fire.

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